Cobra Pose

The Cobra Pose, or Bhujangasana, is a fundamental yoga posture that focuses on opening the chest and stretching the front of the body. To practice this pose, lie on your stomach with your legs extended and the tops of your feet pressing into the mat. Place your hands on the ground beneath your shoulders, fingers spread wide. As you inhale, use your back muscles to gently lift your chest off the ground, keeping your hips and legs grounded. Draw your shoulders away from your ears and engage your core to support the arch of your spine. Your gaze can be directed forward or slightly upwards. Cobra Pose provides a gentle stretch to the spine, stimulates abdominal organs, and opens the heart center. As you hold the pose, breathe deeply, feeling the expansion in your chest and the release in your lower back. Avoid using your arms to forcefully lift your body—instead, let the strength come from your back muscles. Cobra Pose is a wonderful way to counteract the effects of prolonged sitting and forward-leaning posture. It can be modified by lifting only the chest slightly, or it can be deepened by pressing into the hands and lifting the hips off the mat.

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